Bordeaux : soon attractive also for its gastronomy?

22 February 2016 | Murielle MEGIAS

After being listed a Unesco World heritage site in 2007, and its title of Best European Destination for tourism won in 2015, is Bordeaux also about to be a capital city for gastronomy?

Bordeaux attracts more and more prominent chefs with international reputation, such as Joël Robuchon, a chef who has won several Michelin Red-Guide stars. He opened la Grande Maison together with Bernard Magrez the well-known businessman from Bordeaux. The gastronomic restaurant and luxury hotel is located in the Labottière château. The restaurant has just obtained 2 stars in the newly released 2016 Michelin red Guide.

Gordon Ramsay, a British grand chef globally famous, with his 25 restaurants in the world, including 7 Michelin Guide stars, arrived in Bordeaux in September 2015. He manages the Pressoir d’Argent, the gastronomic restaurant of the Grand Hôtel of Bordeaux, newly InterContinental, facing the Grand Théâtre in the heart of Bordeaux. The restaurant has won its first star in the new 2016 Michelin red Guide.

Competition is tense and very close: just opposite is Le Quatrième Mur which is replacing the Café Opéra, in the Grand Théâtre building itself. Managing the restaurant, Philippe Etchebest, very well-know in the media, also came in Bordeaux in September 2015 to launch this ‘high-end brasserie’, soon to become a gastronomic restaurant…

There are also some chefs who are relocating, such as Stéphane Carrade, who was heading the Grand Hôtel brasserie and transitioned to the Petit Commerce. He already won several Michelin stars, one when he was managing la Guérinière, on the Arcachon bay.

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